September 2, 2014
Daniel Reisel studies the brains of criminal psychopaths (and mice). And he asks a big question: Instead of warehousing these criminals, shouldn’t we be using what we know about the brain to help them rehabilitate? Put another way: If the brain can grow new neural pathways after an injury … could we help the brain re-grow morality?
August 28, 2014
Most people think their intelligence is fixed. The science says it’s not. It starts with knowing you can learn anything.
This all relates to Carol Dweck’s ‘Growth Mindset’ theory. You can explore more at Khan Academy here.
Carol explains her theory here:
This all relates to the following great video …
August 21, 2014
Contrary to conventional wisdom, it isn’t just money. But it’s not exactly joy either. It seems that most of us thrive by making constant progress and feeling a sense of purpose.
August 17, 2014
This video combines two thoughts to reach an alarming conclusion: “Technology gets better, cheaper, and faster at a rate biology can’t match” + “Economics always wins” = “Automation is inevitable.”
August 13, 2014
I really like optical illusions.
Optical illusions are images that seem to trick our minds into seeing something different from what they actually are. But how do they work? Learn more in this clip ….
July 24, 2014
This is really interesting …
July 21, 2014
Forty five years ago today, on July 21, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first human to step on the moon. He and “Buzz” Aldrin walked around for about three hours.
Happy anniversary fellas!
And this, now forty five year old clip, still blows my mind:
“That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”
July 19, 2014
A new look at the “vital signs” of Earth’s climate reveals a stark picture of declining health. As global temperatures rise, so do sea level and the amount of heat trapped in the ocean’s upper layers. Meanwhile, mountain glaciers and Arctic sea ice are melting away beneath an atmosphere where concentrations of three key planet-warming greenhouse gases continue to rise.
Data shows that the climate is changing more rapidly now than it has at any time in the historical record!!! Learn more here.
As a whole, the world’s glaciers—such as Italy’s Careser Glacier, seen here in August 1933 (top) and August 2012 (bottom)—have lost ice for the last 23 years in a row.
Strange that Australia’s carbon tax, one of the world’s landmark attempts to stop climate change, is officially no more. More here.
July 13, 2014
You might think you know your own mind, but your memory can play some confusing tricks on you.